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Wendy Morton

Conservative - Aldridge-Brownhills

First elected: 7th May 2015


Backbench Business Committee
21st Nov 2022 - 26th Oct 2023
Child Support Collection (Domestic Abuse) Bill
8th Dec 2022 - 14th Dec 2022
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
6th Sep 2022 - 25th Oct 2022
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Feb 2022 - 6th Sep 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Dec 2021 - 9th Feb 2022
Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill
2nd Feb 2022 - 9th Feb 2022
Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill
5th Jan 2022 - 5th Jan 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Sep 2020 - 19th Dec 2021
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
13th Feb 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
26th Jul 2019 - 13th Feb 2020
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
9th Jan 2018 - 26th Jul 2019
Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee)
10th Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Regulatory Reform
12th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
International Development Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Backbench Business Committee
13th Jun 2016 - 31st Oct 2016


Department Event
Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Thursday 7th March 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Mar 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Thursday 2nd May 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
2 May 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Ministerial Severance: Reform
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 273 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 192 Noes - 275
Speeches
Thursday 1st February 2024
Business of the House
Best wishes on your birthday, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Last week was Neighbourhood Policing Week. I was able to join the …
Written Answers
Thursday 13th July 2023
Bricks: Manufacturing Industries
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has visited any brick manufacturers since 7 February …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Monday 4th July 2016
Crown Tenancies Bill 2016-17
A Bill to provide that ​Crown tenancies may be assured tenancies for the purposes of the Housing Act 1988, subject …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Friends of the British Overseas Territory
Address of donor: Po Box 2635, Ilford IG1 8UA
Amount of …
EDM signed
Thursday 21st December 2017
BIRMINGHAM FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2022
That this House celebrates the news that Birmingham has been chosen to be the venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games; …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
Offensive Weapons Bill 2023-24
A Bill to make provision about the weapons to which section 141 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 applies; and …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Wendy Morton has voted in 746 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Wendy Morton voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(24 debate interactions)
Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)
(9 debate interactions)
Andrew Mitchell (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Transport
(138 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(29 debate contributions)
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Aldridge-Brownhills Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Aldridge-Brownhills signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.


Latest EDMs signed by Wendy Morton

21st December 2017
Wendy Morton signed this EDM on Thursday 21st December 2017

BIRMINGHAM FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2022

Tabled by: Caroline Spelman (Conservative - Meriden)
That this House celebrates the news that Birmingham has been chosen to be the venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games; recognises the way the leaders of the West Midlands Combined Authority and hon. Members have worked together to secure this important achievement for our region; congratulates Andy Street, West Midlands …
11 signatures
(Most recent: 28 Feb 2018)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Labour: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Wendy Morton, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Wendy Morton has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Wendy Morton has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

5 Bills introduced by Wendy Morton


A Bill to extend public access to certain local audit documents under section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the removal of the Secretary of State’s powers under the National Health Service Act 2006 to appoint trustees; to make provision transferring to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity the right to a royalty conferred by Schedule 6 to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 23rd March 2016 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to provide that ​Crown tenancies may be assured tenancies for the purposes of the Housing Act 1988, subject to certain exceptions; to modify the assured tenancies regime in relation to certain Crown tenancies; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House Of Commons
Wednesday 1st March 2017
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A Bill to regulate works on certain highways in England by making provision about weekend and bank holiday working and provision about removal of traffic lights and other traffic management measures after the completion of works.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

A Bill to place a duty on local highways agencies and local transport authorities to make provisions safeguarding wildlife on roads passing through, or adjacent to, specified protected areas; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

1 Bill co-sponsored by Wendy Morton

Offensive Weapons Bill 2023-24
Sponsor - Helen Hayes (Lab)


37 Written Questions in the current parliament

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3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of UK-made (a) clay bricks, (b) roof tiles and (c) drainage pipes in public procurement.

The driving principle behind public procurement policy is to award contracts on the basis of value for money, which means the optimum combination of cost and quality over the lifetime of the project. Public sector contracting authorities are required to purchase products and services through competitive tender in accordance with public procurement legislation, and are responsible for their own commercial decisions, including the award of contracts.

The Government wants UK businesses to be successful in bidding for UK public contracts. That is why we introduced the Procurement Bill, currently being considered by Parliament. This Bill will reform public procurement and make it simpler, quicker and cheaper for suppliers, including British SMEs and social enterprises, to bid for public sector contracts - lowering barriers to entry to the market.

We also want UK businesses to be successful in competing for public contracts in other countries around the world, which we achieve by negotiating guaranteed market access for UK suppliers in many international free trade agreements. Our membership of the World Trade Organisation's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) gives British businesses access to £1.3 trillion in public procurement opportunities overseas, including opportunities in some of the world's major economies.


Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she last visited a clay quarry.

The Secretary of State for Business and Trade has not visited a clay quarry in her current role. However, officials within the Department for Business & Trade are in regular contacts with firms and trade associations in the construction sector, including those that produce or use mineral products such as clay.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has visited any brick manufacturers since 7 February 2023.

The Secretary of State for Business and Trade, has not visited any brick manufacturers since 7 February 2023. However, officials within the Department for Business & Trade are in regular contacts with firms and trade associations in the construction sector, including those that manufacture bricks.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he last visited a brick manufacturer in the context of the brick manufacturing sector's carbon emissions.

Ministers regularly meet with external stakeholders. Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-energy-security-and-net-zero.

Data covering the 1 January 2023 until 31 March 2023 is due to be published shortly. In line with Cabinet Office Guidance organisations are listed instead of individuals.

The Government is working with these sectors to support decarbonisation. To date, the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund has given over £3m to energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects in the brick, tiles and construction products sector. Subject to business case approval, Phase 3 will open in early 2024.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he last visited a clay quarry in the UK in the context of that industry's carbon emissions. .

Ministers regularly meet with external stakeholders. Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-energy-security-and-net-zero.

Data covering the 1 January 2023 until 31 March 2023 is due to be published shortly. In line with Cabinet Office Guidance organisations are listed instead of individuals.

The Government is working with these sectors to support decarbonisation. To date, the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund has given over £3m to energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects in the brick, tiles and construction products sector. Subject to business case approval, Phase 3 will open in early 2024.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Energy Bills Discount Scheme in meeting the needs of the hospice sector.

As part of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme review, the Government assessed a range of qualitative and quantitative evidence from businesses and stakeholders, including hospices, on sectors that may be most affected by rising energy prices based on energy and trade intensity. The Energy Bill Discount Scheme (EBDS) will run from April until March 2024, and will continue to provide a discount to eligible non-domestic customers, including hospices.

The Government recognises the vital role that charities and the voluntary sector, including hospices play in our communities. That is why my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Budget additional funding of over £100m for charities and community organisations who are impacted by high energy costs.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to launch a consultation on statutory guidance, external speakers and resources in relationships, health and sex education classes.

On 8 March, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced that the Department had brought forward the review of the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) statutory guidance. The review will cover the full scope of the statutory guidance, including the use of external speakers and resources, and will involve working closely with stakeholders and experts to draw on the best available evidence.

On 31 March, the Department announced further details of the review, including the plan to set up an independent panel of experts to advise on what can be done to ensure that what is taught is appropriate by, for example, introducing age restrictions. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-relationships-sex-and-health-education-to-protect-children-to-conclude-by-end-of-year.

The Department will undertake a public consultation on the amended guidance in the autumn.

14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of including knife crime awareness in the relationships, health and sex education curriculum.

The subjects of relationships education for primary school pupils, relationships and sex education for secondary school pupils, and health education for all pupils in state-funded schools became compulsory in state funded schools in September 2020 and can help address the underlying causes of knife and gun crime.

Whilst the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) statutory guidance does not mention knife crime explicitly, it does reference situations that often lead young people to carry weapons. These include criminal exploitation though involvement in gangs and county lines drugs operations, and the grooming relationships that often accompany this.

As with other aspects of the curriculum, schools will have flexibility over how they deliver these subjects, so they can develop an integrated approach that is sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of their pupils.

Issues around knife crime can also be taught as part of a school’s wider curriculum. For example, schools can choose to include lessons on weapons awareness and gangs as part of their personal, social, health and economic education or citizenship curriculum.

The Department has recently brought forward the review of the RSHE statutory guidance. As part of this, the Department will explore whether any more content is required. The Department expects to consult on guidance in the autumn and publish revised guidance in early 2024.

27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Leader of the House on scheduling Parliamentary time for the report stage of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.

The Secretary of State has regular discussions with the Leader of the House about our legislative programme and other matters. The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill contains a number of manifesto commitments, including a ban on live exports and curbs on puppy smuggling, which we are committed to progressing when Parliamentary time allows. The Leader of the House will continue to announce business in the usual way.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the impact of existing legislation on the import of (a) foie gras and (b) real fur on animal welfare.

The Action Plan for Animal Welfare outlined our intention to explore potential action on the import of animal fur. We have since conducted a Call for Evidence on the fur sector along with other forms of engagement with interested parties. We are continuing to build our evidence base on the fur sector. We are also committed to building a clear evidence base to inform any potential future decisions relating to foie gras imports.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) quantity and (b) value of (i) foie gras and (ii) real fur imported into the UK in each year since 2015.

Data on the volume and value of fatty livers (which includes foie gras) and imported fur (including skins and articles of clothing, apparel and accessories) is publicly available on the UK Trade Info website - Trade data - UK Trade Info

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support sustainable farming.

Environmentally-sustainable farming is fundamental to our approach to England’s agricultural system. We are introducing new schemes that reward farmers for sustainable farming practices. The first scheme, the Sustainable Farming Incentive, launched this year and pays farmers for managing their land sustainably, beyond regulatory requirements. Actions are grouped into simple packages known as standards, to make it easy for farmers to identify suitable actions. More standards will be introduced in the coming years.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 April 2023 to Question 177803, on Road Traffic Offences: Accidents, when he expects his Department to commence its call for evidence into road traffic offences.

As noted in the previous answer, we are considering the publication of a Call for Evidence on motoring offences, which we expect to reflect many of the issues that have been brought to our attention and to be published in due course. While the precise content and timings are still to be confirmed, it is expected that it will include aspects of drink and drug driving, failure to stop and report and the opportunity to raise other matters.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
30th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of carrying out a consultation on creating an offence of failure to stop in a road traffic collision.

The Department is expecting to conduct a call for evidence into road traffic offences, which will provide an opportunity to consider this issue among others. This is a complex area of the law, which requires careful consideration to get it right.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
20th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) pedestrians and (b) other people were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in collisions where the driver of the vehicle left the scene in (A) 2021 and (B) 2022.

The number of pedestrians and other road users that were killed or seriously injured in reported road collisions that involved at least one of the drivers leaving the scene in 2021 is shown below.

Killed

Seriously injured

Pedestrians

49

860

Other casualties

37

1,600

Data for 2022 will be published in September 2023.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2023 to Questions 184828 and 184829 on Defibrillators, when he plans to open the application process for the Automated External Defibrillator Fund to community groups.

The Department is currently in the pre-procurement stage of determining a selected partner for the Automated External Defibrillator Fund. On 26 May 2023, the Department published the Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund (Grant Administration) for a supplier to manage grant applications for Automated External Defibrillators from local organisations and community groups. The notice is available at the following link:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/2c6e4cd1-3302-448d-8ebe-2795fb996843

It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded to a supplier to expand defibrillator access in the community by Summer 2023.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2023 to Question 146994 on Defibrillators: Public Places, what his Department's estimated timeline is for completing the procurement processes for the £1 million fund to expand defibrillator access in the community.

The Department is currently in the pre-procurement stage in its process of determining a selected partner for the Automated External Defibrillator Fund. The Department will publish shortly an invitation for organisations to bid for the fund through GOV.UK. It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded to a supplier to expand defibrillator access in the community by August 2023.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press release entitled Number of defibrillators to be increased with new funding, published by his Department on 29 December 2022, when his Department plans to invite interested parties to bid for this grant funding.

The Department is currently in the pre-procurement stage in its process of determining a selected partner for the Automated External Defibrillator Fund. The Department will publish shortly an invitation for organisations to bid for the fund through GOV.UK. It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded to a supplier to expand defibrillator access in the community by August 2023.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Automated External Defibrillator Fund will be made available in (a) Aldridge-Brownhills constituency and (b) the UK.

The Department is currently in the pre-procurement stage in its process of determining a selected partner for the Automated External Defibrillator Fund. A typical procurement that is compliant with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 can take between three and six months depending on the procurement route chosen.

The Department will publish in due course an invitation to bid for the fund through GOV.UK. The invitation will be open to all interested organisations including any in the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects to publish the new National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

We have committed to publish a new national suicide prevention strategy this year and are engaging widely across the suicide prevention sector to understand what further action we can take to reduce suicides amongst different groups.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to ensure that funding allocated to breast cancer screening units is not diverted into the symptomatic pathway.

National Health Service breast screening services are commissioned with funds which are dedicated to the NHS Breast Screening Programme. The screening pathway at both the initial screening stage, and if further diagnostic testing is required, is conducted in clinics which only accommodate women who have attended invitations from the screening programme. Provision for women with symptoms is funded from other sources and via separate clinics.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 22 February 2023 to Question 48769 on Breast Cancer: Screening, whether his Department requires GP's to introduce text message alerts for all breast screening services.

Invitations and text reminders to attend breast screenings are not sent out by general practitioners. They are sent out through breasts screening units using the national information technology system commissioned by NHS England, which generates invitations.

In line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the Sir Mike Richards Independent Review of National Cancer Screening Programmes in England, NHS England has committed to the promotion of the use of text messages in screening.

17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to announce the details of the application process and criteria for the Community Automated External Defibrillator Fund.

The Department is currently in the pre-procurement stage in its process of determining a selected partner for the Automated External Defibrillator Fund. The criteria for assessing whether proposed recipients are eligible to access the Automated External Defibrillators Fund will be part of the procurement process. A typical procurement that is compliant with the regulations can take anywhere from three to six months depending on the procurement route chosen.

The Department will publish in due course a notice informing interested organisations of the upcoming opportunity and invite them to bid for the grant through GOV.UK.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of the time taken to consult and legislate on the proposed mandatory display of food hygiene ratings in England on consumers.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is operated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The FSA has not made a recent assessment. However, evidence from Wales and Northern Ireland demonstrates that mandatory display has improved transparency, which encourages businesses to achieve better levels of compliance with hygiene requirements.

This is therefore a long-standing ambition of the FSA, and the FSA will continue to explore opportunities to progress a statutory scheme with the Department which would sponsor the legislation. In the meantime, the FSA is working hard with its local authority partners to maintain and improve the impact and benefits of this highly successful public health scheme.

15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help ensure that child victims are considered in efforts to bring perpetrators of alleged war crimes in Ukraine to justice.

The announcements made by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 17 represent an important step for accountability and demonstrate that the international justice system is working. The UK wants to see those responsible for the atrocities that have been committed in Ukraine, including those against children, held to account. We are supporting the ICC and Ukrainian Prosecutor General in their independent investigations into allegations of war crimes committed in Ukraine.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take diplomatic steps to make experts available to support the collection, documentation and analysis of evidence of potential war crimes against children in Ukraine.

The UK has allocated up to £2.5 million this year to support Ukraine's domestic investigations and prosecution of international crimes, including sexual violence and crimes against children. In Ukraine, we are providing personnel from the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative Team of Experts to support capacity building amongst prosecutors and the police as well as support to victims, including women and children.

The £1 million additional contribution that the UK has provided to the International Criminal Court will enhance capacity on investigations into crimes of sexual and gender-based violence and crimes against children, led by the Prosecutors' special adviser on crimes against and affecting children.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the Official Development Assistance spend was, by department, in each of the last five years.

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is measured on a calendar year basis. Provisional ODA figures are published annually in spring, with final figures in autumn. Final data for 2021 will be published on 23 November 2022.

Final UK ODA spend by Government Department from 2017-2020 (the most recent five-year period for which data is available) is in Table A3 of Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend 2020:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021093/Table-A3.ods

The provisional total for UK ODA spend by Government Department in 2021 is available in Table 3 of Statistics on International Development: Provisional UK Aid Spend 2021:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1068460/prov-SID-21-Table3a.ods

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance (a) has been spent in 2022-23 to date and (b) is planned expenditure for the remainder of 2022-23, by Department.

Due to the UK's significant support to the people seeking sanctuary in the UK from conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan, the FCDO was not able to publish forward programme allocations in our Annual Report as the original allocations would not be accurate. We remain committed to transparency and will provide updates to Parliament on spending plans in due course.

A final estimate of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA), the ODA:Gross National Income (GNI) ratio and more detailed breakdowns of UK ODA is published annually in Statistics on International Development publications (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-on-international-development).

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which countries received Official Development Assistance in (a) each of the last four financial years and (b) the current financial year to date.

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is measured on a calendar year basis.

UK bilateral ODA spend by country is available for 2017-2020 in Table A4a, Table A4b, Table A4c, Table A4d and Table A4e of Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend 2020. The latest data available is for 2020, with data for 2021 due to be published on 23 November 2022.

The UK also provides core funding to multilateral organisations, which will benefit developing countries. A breakdown for 2016 to 2020 of the estimated amount of UK ODA funding to the core budgets of multilateral organisations, which was then spent in developing countries can be found in Table A10 of Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend 2020.


Table A4a (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021094/Table-A4a.ods),

Table A4b (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021095/Table-A4b.ods),

Table A4c (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021097/Table-A4c.ods),

Table A4d (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021098/Table-A4d.ods)

Table A4e (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021099/Table-A4e.ods)

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Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent progress his Department has been made on (a) leasehold reform and (b) the reform of leasehold extension (enfranchisement).

The Government has committed to making enfranchisement cheaper for leaseholders by reforming the process of valuation leaseholders must follow to calculate the cost of extending their lease or buying their freehold.

The Government has already legislated via the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 to protect future leaseholders and we are due to bring forward further leasehold reforms later in this Parliament


Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much funding was allocated to brownfield remediation for housing in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21, (c) 2021-22 and (d) 2022-23 to date.

The percentages of new residential addresses created on previously developed land in each region are available as below. Figures for more recent years are not yet available.

  • Averaged for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.
  • Averaged for the period 2018-19 to 2020-21 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.
  • Averaged for the period 2019-20 to 2021-22 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.

The Government is supporting housing supply, including remediation of brownfield land, through a range of programmes, including the Brownfield Housing Fund and the Brownfield Land Release Fund. The information published by the Department is available in the Annual Report and Accounts. The latest Annual Report and Accounts is available here.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much funding was allocated to brownfield remediation in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21, (c) 2021-22 and (d) 2022-23 to date, by region.

The percentages of new residential addresses created on previously developed land in each region are available as below. Figures for more recent years are not yet available.

  • Averaged for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.
  • Averaged for the period 2018-19 to 2020-21 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.
  • Averaged for the period 2019-20 to 2021-22 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.

The Government is supporting housing supply, including remediation of brownfield land, through a range of programmes, including the Brownfield Housing Fund and the Brownfield Land Release Fund. The information published by the Department is available in the Annual Report and Accounts. The latest Annual Report and Accounts is available here.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many houses were built on brownfield sites in each region of the number of houses in (a) 2019/20, (b) 2020/21, (c) 2021/22 and (d) the current year to date.

The percentages of new residential addresses created on previously developed land in each region are available as below. Figures for more recent years are not yet available.

  • Averaged for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.
  • Averaged for the period 2018-19 to 2020-21 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.
  • Averaged for the period 2019-20 to 2021-22 at Live Table P301 (Column AD) at the following link.

The Government is supporting housing supply, including remediation of brownfield land, through a range of programmes, including the Brownfield Housing Fund and the Brownfield Land Release Fund. The information published by the Department is available in the Annual Report and Accounts. The latest Annual Report and Accounts is available here.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has had discussions with his international counterparts on steps that could be taken within judicial systems to help support child victims of the war in Ukraine.

On 20 March, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice, co-hosted a Justice Ministers’ Conference with the Netherlands bringing together 42 countries and institutions from across the globe. Support for victims and witnesses of war crimes in Ukraine, including children, was a core theme of the Conference. Additional support for the International Criminal Court was collectively agreed. The UK announced £395,000 for the Office of the Prosecutor Trust Fund which will be earmarked for support for victims and witnesses. The Ministry of Justice is exploring further the provision of expertise, advice and training including specialist support for children.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
11th Jan 2023
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on Scotland’s role in the defence and security of the UK.

Scotland Office Ministers have regular discussions with the Ministry of Defence on all matters relating to defence in Scotland.

This includes the critical role of our armed forces’ presence at our strategic bases in Scotland, RAF Lossiemouth and Faslane, which are vital to maintaining the security of the UK and our NATO allies.

John Lamont
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)